Monday, May 7, 2012

Y U No Pay? Or, Designer Wank

So. I've been doing a little series on here called You're Really Selling This Shit? for awhile now (new ones coming soon!)

I got my first loving comment from a "designer"!

In reply to this post, they said:


If you would have read the post that introduced the series, you would have understood that I am not against paid patterns, or designers getting compensated for their work.

 I don't usually quote myself, but in this case it's necessary:

I will say this before I start: I understand I am gonna piss a lot of people off with this. My aim in doing this is to let y'all know that there are people who will not stand for being charged for something that can be easily reverse engineered. I am not saying designers shouldn't be compensated for their hard work. Quite the contrary, actually. There are many designs (i.e sweaters, lace, and colorwork) that have to be extensively tested, charted, etc.-----I don't mind paying for these things. As a matter of fact, I am proud to support these amazing designers and am happy they decided to share these things with us at reasonable cost.

The bold was added in the quote for posterity's sake.

Again, one of the reasons I decided to start this series was to prevent people from buying patterns that can be easily reverse engineered or don;t require extensive instructions. I don't think your design was innovative enough to warrant a $5 charge, my dear. It did catch my eye, as I did admit in the post, but not enough for me (or anyone else I can alert) to pay $5. You tout the pattern as a great beginner colorwork pattern, and that much is true. BUT, being a novice of colorwork, I can make a hat that looks like that without referring to instructions...and I am sure a lot of people can too. Or they can follow the suggestions I left to get on the road to doing so. Either way... no, you don't deserve the money.

Thanks for letting me know it wasn't corrugated ribbing... on closer inspection, it's just alternating 2x2 stockinette with the two colorways. I will be sure to add that as a note :)